5-string Banjos, New And Used

5 Good Reasons To Buy From Fingerstyle:

  • All new instruments are carefully selected and all lemons rejected!
  • All instruments are set up, played and evaluated by someone who knows and loves 5 string banjos
  • All instruments are supplied with hard shell case
  • Your security is our concern – Fingerstyle does not take credit card
  • Every effort is made to find the best banjo for you
Want to sell your quality banjo?
Considered consignment?
  • Five Reasons to Sell Through Fingerstyle:
  • 1. Fingerstyle is THE place to advertise because it's THE place to trust.
  • 2. We've been in business for almost twenty years. Lots of happy customers. Lots of watchers.
  • 3. Pricing and description researched and compiled by a professional banjo player.
  • 4. Informative photographs - Oggle and drool factor - banjo eye-candy that tells and sells.
  • 5. Our charges are very reasonable and include an assessment, clean-up, and set-up.
  • Email some pics, a description and your phone number and let's talk banjos!
  • (Consignment terms and conditions supplied on application... all common-sense stuff and no tricky fine-print. Sorry, no train wrecks or novelty instruments accepted - but we're always here to help connect you to the best repairers for any job.)

"They Pass Our Test Before They Pass Yours"

Over $5000
$3500 - $4990
$2500 - $3490
$2000 - $2490
Under $2000
Preloved Bargains


Over $5000


GIBSON RB3 MASTERTONE/HUBER TONERING - PRE-LOVED


Top names deliver premium pre-war sound and serious street cred. Some of the biggest names in bluegrass banjos brought together in one stunning instrument.

Gibson RB3. Mahogany neck and resonator with double purfling. Minimal fretwear. Rosewood fingerboard with flying eagle inlays. Spikes at 7th and 9th frets. D tuners on 2nd and 3rd strings.

Want pride of ownership? Inspiration? Ripper pre-war sound? This banjo glows in every way! $5500.00 AUD. Will quote for shipping.

 

 

 

Banjo Signal

Fireball Mail


$3500 - $4990


GIBSON MASTERTONE RB3/JD CROWE/PRUCHA - Sold

A stunning bluegrass banjo restored to almost perfect condition.


Gibson Mastertone RB3 refretted mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and Don Reno inlays in mother of pearl. Gutsy pre-war Gibson sound from the JD Crowe nickel plated tone ring inside a maple 3 ply rim. Mahogany Prucha resonator with herringbone purfling on rim.

Top shelf instrument. In hard case. On consignment. $4990.00 AUD - Sold.

 

 

 

 


DEERING SIERRA - 2008 - Pre-Loved - Sold

Deering's most popular professional model. Mahogany neck and resonator, Ebony fingerboard with tadpole and vines inlays. These inlays only appeared for a short time between the shirt button type, and the more traditional design Deering kept until the present day. The Sierra has all the high end hardware of the top shelf Deerings that affect tone and playability: heavy tone ring, violin-grade maple rim, dual coordinator rods, adjustable truss rod, Deering tailpiece and frosted head.

Very clean instrument and case. Beautiful to play. Recent pro set-up with new strings and bridge. $3,600 AUD in hard case. Freight and insurance, Australia, $120 - Sold.

 

 

 

 


 

$2500 - $3490


ODE 'STYLE C' BLUEGRASS BANJO Pre-Loved 1980 - Sold

Good to very good condition. Walnut resonator. Five-piece walnut/maple neck, ebony fretboard, floral inlays. Ebony peghead overlay with "ODE" logo and mother-of-pearl floral inlays.


Spikes at 7th, 9th and 10th frets. White-bound fingerboard and resonator. Double purfling rings on back of resonator. 11" head.

Almost no fretwear. Includes hard case. $2790.00 AUD

 

 


PRUCHA OPENBACK OLD TIMEY - 2014- Sold

Clawhammer banjo with hard case. Excellent condition. Very lightly played. Mahogany rim and neck give warm, rich sound with strong mid-range and bass.

Gotoh two-band tuners with ivoroid buttons. Dual co-ordinator rods. Adjustable truss rod. 28 brackets. Frailing scoop. Spikes at 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th frets. Remo Fybreskin head. Vega-style armrest.

Very clean instrument presented in Superior green plush shaped hard case. $2800 AUD - Sold.

 

 

 

 


ABOUT PAUL REILLY - BANJO PLAYER AND MAKER

REILLY FRETLESS 'REDMAN' - NEW - Sold

 

Traditional features and simple elegance of design focusses on the natural beauty of woods in this new creation by Blackall Range luthier, Paul Reilly. His artistic whimsy is evident in the innovative use of stain to personalise this superb instrument. 'The Redman' will appeal to outward-looking players who are unafraid of challenge or change. Big Foot purple heart 5/8" bridge. Finish is hand rubbed Danish oil.

In snug-fit hard case. $3,200 AUD. Postage/insurance Eastern seaboard, $110 AUD - Sold.


MAESTRO 'VICTORIA' CUSTOM - ELECTRIC-ACOUSTIC GUITAR - 2019 - Pre-Loved

As New. The Maestro Custom Series epitomizes the ideals of what a finely handcrafted guitar should be. Each Custom Series guitar is built to exceed your every expectation. Started in 2004 Maestro Guitars are one of the leading makers of premium guitars in the world. Handcrafted from best materials aiming for impressive attention to detail and pride-of-ownership. Superb sound.

Adriondack solid top. Hawaiian Koa solid back and sides. Ebony fingerboard and bridge. Bone nut and saddle. LR Baggs Anthem electrics. Florentine cutaway. Soundport. Bevelled armrest. Wood bindings. Mahogany (Khaya) neck with carbon fibre rods. In hard case.

On Consignment: $2890.00 AUD- Now $2390.00 AUD

Soundbytes:

 Ragtime

Blues

Strumming

Lower tones

 


FENDER PREMIER CONCERT TONE - WALNUT 5 STRING BLUEGRASS BANJO - 2010 -Sold

As new condition. This Premier Concert Tone is a ripper: an ear-opener and a few gasps at the workmanship and finishing detail. Hats off to Fender. This is one stunning instrument.

5-part laminated Walnut neck with maple centre stripe. Walnut burl resonator. (No scratches or dents). 3 ply Maple rim. Chrome tension hoop with 24 brackets. Heavy, chromed brass tone ring. Rosewood fingerboard with pearl inlays.

 

Something only usually found in banjos valued at three times this price. Includes signature hard case. $2200.00 AUD now reduced to $1800.00 AUD. Freight and insurance Australia, $120. Sold

 

 


Under $2000


MORGAN MUNROE MB850 - Pre-Loved. Recent - Sold

Flamed maple resonator and neck with abalone and mother-of-pearl inlays on headstock and ebony fingerboard. Geared tuning pegs. Spikes at 7th, 9th and 10th frets. No discernable fretwear. Has had pro set-up - very easy to chord.

Awesome flinty sound from Sullivan Old Growth 5/8" bridge, 3 ply maple rim and heavy cast 18 hole tone ring.

 

Hard case. A very clean, quality instrument at an affordable price. $1290.00 AUD On Consignment. Sold

 

 

 

 

Sound files:

Old Joe Clark

Highs

Backup

 

 

 


WINDSOR POPULAR - Circa 1900's - Sold

A vintage open-back from the British maker whose banjos have travelled the world. This one has mahogany neck made from one piece of sold wood and carved heel detail.

Ebony fingerboard with mother-of-pearl inlays (one or two showing wear). Has been refretted at some stage and the 5th string peg replaced. Spun-over rim with 28 brackets. Notched tension hoop and Remo head (10 5/8" diameter) recently fitted, and this size readily available.

 

In new snug-fit hard case. $1190 AUD. Freight and insurance, Australia, $110 - Sold

 

 

 

Sound files:

Spanish Lady

South 14

 

 

 


TAYLOR MINI E KOA ACOUSTIC-ELECTRIC - Pre-Loved - Sold

Sized for comfort, designed to inspire.


Parlour-sized guitars at their best deliver portability and ease of playing with the tonal response usually only found in a big body instrument. Taylor's ES-B electric pre-amp pickup system with tone and vol control with on-board tuner delivers true-to-original dynamics.

 

This one with minimal playing time comes with a new hard case. $1250 AUD. Freight and insurance, Australa, $110 - Sold

 

 

 


EASTMAN E20 PARLOUR GUITAR - Pre-Loved - 2016

24.9" body length with 19 frets. Couch comfort with concert volume!

Excellent condition. Very well looked after. Approx 4 years old. In hard case. Fingerpickers will love the warm and clear sounds with plenty of midrange and bass.

Solid Rosewood back and sides. Adriondack spruce top. Mahogany neck. Ebony fingerboard.

 

In new snug-fit hard case. $1990 AUD. Freight and insurance Australia, approx $110

 

 

 


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